Newcastle United are set to beat Celtic to the capture of Galway United youngster Alex Murphy.
The lowdown: Celtic eyeing up young talent
Celtic signed Johnny Kenny from Sligo Rovers in January for a nominal fee, clearly looking to build up from the bottom, strengthening the squad of the future.
The Hoops were then linked with 17-year-old defender Murphy in February amidst interest from West Brom and Serie A outfit Torino.
At that time, the seriousness of the interest from the Premier League club was apparent as an initial report from the Irish Examiner claimed a €100,000 (£83,000) offer had already been made.
Nowm it appears as though Celtic were ultimately unable to land their target, as another English side have swooped in…
The latest: Money talks
According to a report from RTE, newly mega-rich Newcastle have won the race to sign the talented teenager.
It’s claimed that Murphy will move to St James’ Park in the summer after turning 18 on June 25.
Celtic are once again mentioned as being amongst the interest parties to miss out on the twice-capped Republic of Ireland Under 16 starlet as well as Brighton & Hove Albion.
The verdict: Big blow
Despite his tender years, the teenager has made seven senior appearances in the Irish first division already – completing 90 minutes on five occasions.
Whilst it remains to be seen whether Murphy can make the grade in the English top-flight, the Celtic hierarchy will no doubt be disappointed to miss out on a highly-rated youngster, although this type of attempted capture does show where the Hoops’ upcoming transfer targets may lie.
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